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Old 11-28-2017, 04:51 PM   #12201
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I ensure that the antifreeze is pumped a bit into the Hot water tank and out the drain before replacing the rod inside fully.
an ounce of prevention...
You would be the only candidate I could possibly think of for leaving it out cause you are going to have to remove it AGAIN come spring to aid in flushing the antifreeze out of the water heater. Flushing antifreeze from the water heater tank without removal of the anode will take considerably longer.

No need whatsoever to pump ANY antifreeze into the water heater.
That is why water heater bypass systems are installed.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:54 AM   #12202
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Then you have to do a lot of flushing to get it all out in the spring.


Hot antifreeze.
No more than draining all the lines. we generally run more than 2 tanks of water through the lines along with bleach to kill bacteria which may be or is there. If you saw the brown sludge / slime that came out of the tank which had a cracked liner - it wasn't pretty.
And the heater is not activated until the lines are flushed and tanks sanitized anyway.


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an extra 10 to 15 minutes means I'm not paying 800$ Canadian for a tank plus install as well which is ok by me.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:14 AM   #12203
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I always put it back in and tighten it, ready for use. However, there could be a benefit in that the tank doesn't completely drain and leaving the anode out may allow for evaporation of the remaining water in the tank but you'd have to have a way of preventing bugs from getting into the tank. Putting the rod back in guarantees that bugs won't be able to get in.
I leave the anode out and insert a metal scouring pad, which allows for ventilation.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:28 AM   #12204
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No need whatsoever to pump ANY antifreeze into the water heater. That is why water heater bypass systems are installed.
Actually the by pass systems are in place so that you don't use 6 or 8 gallons of RV Antifreeze to complete the overall task.

I use the bypass and then when the lines are bleed through I open the lower bypass for a second and let it pump into the HWT. then I shut the bypass off.
The chemical is already in all your lines so I'm not sure what the worry by some is as to having to extra flush it out in the spring.

When I started winterizing our 2017 Tag along (sway behind) toy hauler which we traded in on an 18 5ver toy hauler the manual suggested pumping Antifreeze from the fresh water tank. About 7 gallons worth in the tank. there was no way to introduce the winterizing agent to the pump other than directly into the FWT. I have no idea how much was left in the tank over the winter but it had to be more than the dribble in the HWT I put in to ensure no freeze when we get minus 45 nights.


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Old 11-29-2017, 07:21 PM   #12205
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I leave the anode out and insert a metal scouring pad, which allows for ventilation.


Awesome idea, i like to leave out so when spring comes i put it back in and check for leaks as i pressurize system before going out first trip. I guess if i put plug back in at winter i most likely would forget to check for drip at plug since cover is closed.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:43 PM   #12206
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I leave the anode out and insert a metal scouring pad, which allows for ventilation.
Why do you think a water heater needs ventilation?
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:47 PM   #12207
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Why do you think a water heater needs ventilation?
It winds up with residual water in it; I prefer to leave an escape path. I don't think there's a perfect approach - it ain't rocket science.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:15 PM   #12208
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It winds up with residual water in it; I prefer to leave an escape path. I don't think there's a perfect approach - it ain't rocket science.
Why would that matter?You could have an inch of water in the bottom and it and it wouldn't damage anything from freezing.

Take a glass baking dish and put an inch of water in it and put it in the freezer...it won't crack the dish because the ice will expand upwards.
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Why would that matter?You could have an inch of water in the bottom and it and it wouldn't damage anything from freezing.

Take a glass baking dish and put an inch of water in it and put it in the freezer...it won't crack the dish because the ice will expand upwards.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:50 PM   #12210
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:33 PM   #12211
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I inspected the new one, and confirmed it was the one I wanted.

Then I went to mine, and emptied everything out, so I could drop it off on Friday when I pick up the new one.
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:11 AM   #12212
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Took advantage of the nice day yesterday.
Washed it and covered it up for the winter....Now to find time to clean the inside.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:50 AM   #12213
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Had my oldest boy remove the battery from our new 2018 Rockwood 8295WS. He decided to carry it on the four wheeler. Battery fell off and broke. Guess I will be purchasing a new battery to replace the new battery that was broke. 😂
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:07 PM   #12214
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Had my oldest boy remove the battery from our new 2018 Rockwood 8295WS. He decided to carry it on the four wheeler. Battery fell off and broke. Guess I will be purchasing a new battery to replace the new battery that was broke.


Did you tell him the replacement comes out of his Christmas fund?
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:22 PM   #12215
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No but I should have.

Oh well, gives me a reason to get a bigger one for more runtime. 😎
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:49 PM   #12216
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:52 PM   #12217
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:49 PM   #12218
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No but I should have.

Oh well, gives me a reason to get a bigger one for more runtime. 😎
Sorry about the battery. Life is full of learning experiences. Hopefully your son will learn from this.

So with that said I have attached a link about RV deep cycle battery's. There are meany types of RV battery's this link has a lot of information in it on type and care of them.

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)

Hope This Helps Tim
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:00 PM   #12219
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Replaced all four wheel bearings, races and seals. I hand repacked (I'm old school) the new bearings with Lucas xtra heavy green grease. Screwed up one time by installing the seal before dropping the packed bearing in, cost me an extra seal but no big deal. First time using the green grease, we will see how it works out.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:26 PM   #12220
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Sorry about the battery. Life is full of learning experiences. Hopefully your son will learn from this.

So with that said I have attached a link about RV deep cycle battery's. There are meany types of RV battery's this link has a lot of information in it on type and care of them.

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)

Hope This Helps Tim
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